Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
March 3rd 1957.

From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1.

Dear Alan,1

I don’t know anything about Mr. Hofnung’s2 capabilities as a Tuba player — I hope he is not going to make a comic turn of it.3


1. Music Editor in succession to Norman Peterkin (1947); Head of Music from 1954 until his retirement in 1975.
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3. Frank had written saying that he had noticed that Gerard Hoffnung  was to play the Tuba Concerto (Catalogue of Works 1954/2) at the Canford Summer School of Music and wondering if his technique would be sufficient. Hoffnung, the musical humourist and cartoonist, was an amateur tuba player, self-taught with the assistance of Howard Ferguson to whom he presented one of his cartoons dedicated ‘To Howard Ferguson, my tuba professor’.

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Typewritten, signed.

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